Environmentally Safe Siding
More and more, people are showing interest in choosing environmentally safe products. Known as "green" products, this means the materials are natural, thus not damaging the air or soil. In fact, some types of materials are actually beneficial to the environment. Siding is just one more way people have discovered that can help the environment. In this article, we wanted to address siding, specifically for those individuals who are conscientious about the future of the planet.
Unfortunately, the number one challenge with environmentally safe products is that currently, no recycled materials are mass-produced. While many materials have undergone significant testing, nothing has yet been introduced to the market, primarily due to competition with other materials. In addition, the demand for environmentally safe materials such as siding is not yet strong enough.
The good news is that if you want siding on your home but you have concern for the environment, you can purchase materials that help. For instance, vinyl siding is a top choice in that this hard plastic material requires little to no maintenance, and if installed by a professional, can last for years. Additionally, unlike wood siding, vinyl siding does not come at the price of trees being chopped down. Another benefit to vinyl siding is that it does not leak chemicals (off-gas) into the soil.
While vinyl siding is an excellent option, by far the worst siding material for people aware of the environment is metal. This material is nonrenewable, meaning to recycle it, more power and money would be used than to simply make more. Interestingly, while we do not recommend wood, it is actually a better choice than that of metal. The only reason for this is that trees are renewable but unfortunately, there is concern over the growth of trees keeping up with demand.
Keep in mind that while you can certainly choose green siding, chances are not everything used in the installation of the siding would meet green standards. In addition, some siding itself may not be green but the way in which it works is. To make a home environmentally safe, a professional would do whatever was possible to match products and materials while using a specific design so impact on the environment is greatly reduced.
If you were interested in purchasing siding to help the environment, you can perform a search on a search engine. In the search field, simply type in the words, "Green Siding" or Environmentally Safe Siding. In return, you would be directed to a number of manufacturers that focus specifically on siding that comes as close as possible to protecting the environment.